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Comment reply on OllieManMan's Completed Build: Karv Kraft portable workhorse

  • 10 hours ago
  • 1 point

I rarely comment on competed builds these days. It's nice to see this black and green color scheme again. On top of being creative with how you made it carry capable with the theme. This build needs more credit then just the baton posted after yours. The baton is a lovely build too but for some reason yours peeked my acknowledgement and to say well done for this cool computer.

You certainly can make low budget builds stand out too. Works well for what you achieved.

I hope your friend is enjoying it and for a good while too.

Thanks for sharing Oille. I like how you added in the filters and its design with this build. Along with the carrying case.

Comment reply on czz0528's Completed Build: Ispenttoomuch

  • 13 hours ago
  • 1 point

It's just a place holder I had for compatibility. Didn't actually buy or use it sorry lol.

Then I would recommend removing the CPU cooler, the ARCTIC Alpine AM4 LP from your part list. It does not correlate nor was it used as you stated with your build right now.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Asus Radeon RX 580 No signal to monitor"

  • 13 hours ago
  • 1 point

OK... I just wanted to not leave this hanging and report back... at this time, I got the new build up and running! I tried the 2.0 and reset the CMOS. First, the 2.0 cable did not work.. Second, reset the CMOS, etc. Did not work.

Then this sounds like a dead video card unfortunately. :(

Solution? Dead card.. sent the RX 580 back, ordered a GFORCE GTX1660 Super.. the thing fired right up, display showing, no tweaks to BIOS, no adjustments made to anything really.. just fired right the heck up. FINALLY! As mentioned in my first post, I have many builds in the past and it has been at least 10 years or so since I decided to build this guy.. never ran into dead hardware with any of my past builds.. but I suppose there is always a first time for everything.

Glad you got it working finally. That GTX 1660 Super should be a good dedicated video card. And yes I get what you are saying there about DOA or dud hardware. You're right it's not too common about dead hardware. One may never know when it will happen.

So far I had a dud RAM and a dud pre-installed PSU [not a shocker on that PSU since was going to replace it anyway]. Just unfortunate when its "you".

It will be my 6th year in 2020 working on computers so I cannot say I am as knowledgeable as you so it's awesome you are continuing on for 10 years.

I am headed over to the ASUS support site now to download the latest drivers, software, etc. etc. Thanks again Eltech for taking the time to provide suggestions and solutions to my issue, I really do appreciate it. Have a great day and enjoy!

That's great and no worries Rob. Sorry for your headaches and glad you got your new computer working again so enjoy it! Thank you and you have a wondeful day and weekend.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Asus Radeon RX 580 No signal to monitor"

  • 2 days ago
  • 1 point

No worries and thanks for confirming everything and what has been done.

Hm... I'm a little stump there myself. Hopefully the new cable will help with the video card. And have you tried a CMOS reset too?

The other last suggestion is if you cannot seem to get the new video card to work (and also did the CMOS reset but to no avail) and assuming this has not happen yet with this one minor step (Radeon Driver): Uninstall your RX 580 and reinstall your R9 200 again. When you are login your user Admin account from Windows 10, download the latest Radeon Driver. The Adrenalin 2020 Edition 20.2.1 or 20.1.3.

Only showing both GPUs recommend the exact same drivers if using Windows 10 64-bit. (Same for Windows 7 too but er...)

However, if you already attempted a Radeon Driver installation in the past. Then use DDU - Display Driver Uninstaller to help perform a clean removal of the Radeon Driver and its register keys: Display Driver Uninstaller Download version 18.0.2.2

Then go ahead and reattempt the Radeon Driver installation manually.

Once the Radeon Driver is complete installing, shutdown your computer and disconnect the AC power cord or set the PSU to OFF. Wait for a minute or two for the electricity to be fully depleted.

  • Now you might want to do a "battery" CMOS reset while you are at. Like pulling the battery out for at least 5 minutes or more then reinsert it again. To help the hardware redetect anything new but not always a requirement but sometimes doesn't hurt to do this step while able to. You will need to redo your overclocks with the RAM and CPU if you do this.

Assuming one of your case panels is already uninstalled, resinstall and reconnect your HDMI to your RX 580 between your monitor. And when ready turn ON the PSU again and then power ON your computer once more. Hopefully the "updated" / non-conflicted driver works out and allows the GPU's video port to work properly by now with a monitor signal.

I am just thinking all of this as a last resort if still having problems once you get your new video cable.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Asus Radeon RX 580 No signal to monitor"

  • 2 days ago
  • 1 point

Well, not to reply to my own thread time and time again.. this will be my last one. I am throwing in the towel and saying that this gfx card is dead...

Here are some of the things that I tried today, based on internet searches and various suggestions by many.

1) better PSU. I went from 650w, to 1000w. same result 2) Remove one stick of memory, replace, try a few times.. same result 3) Update Bios. Done. This was fast and east. Bios updated. same result 4) Disable integrated graphics. done. same result 5) switched to UEFI in bios. done. same result

So, there you have it.. I am sure there are a few other suggestions out there, but I've gotten too frustrated and lost patience to figure anything else out. Never really experienced anything like this before, but I guess there's always a first. Sending this card back and will try another.

Any suggestions to what card would be a good fit for my new build will be appreciated.

Thanks for reading.. RV

Sorry about responding to your own post.

I don't think it's a wattage issue nor a BIOS issue. Plus you already confirmed some of your components appear working just fine when used a different GPU, like the R9 200. And are you directly connecting your HDMI or Displayport or DVI-D from the RX 580 between your monitor? (Which one specifically?) And yes sounds like you had your 8-pin PCIe connected too. The reasoning is due to your processor does not have integrated graphics (Vega) so you would get a no monitor signal if connecting directly to your motherboard's video port.

Is the monitor setup correctly to the correct input? And sometimes may need to use a different video cable to properly use the display port (1.4) such as a buying an affordable and compatible 4K DP 1.4v cable or an HDMI 2.0 video cable (but easier to just purchase a 4K support HDMI cable from Amazon).

And are the GPU's golden "fingers" / golden pins exposed and not covered by some sort of silicon or plastic cover? If there were any, sometimes one forgets to remove this particular cover that helps protect the golden fingers/pins of the GPU which directly connected to a PCIEx16 slot from the motherboard.

And is your GPU installed to PCIEX16_1 and not PCIEX16_2 nor PCIEX16_3? Basing upon your motherboard's manual it appears best to install your GPU to the very top PCIEx16 slot >>PCIEX16_1 which is closest to the CPU, PCIEx1_1, and M.2_1 (socket 3) to have full performance.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "My Parents Don't Like Gaming"

  • 3 days ago
  • 1 point

I wrote my dad a 5 page essay about why he should get me a gaming PC and how everything like that works. https://docs.google.com/document/d/1A3QxJtm9LUl2TxslCc0Peaw8s-br7W2-Jk8c4aq1-Ew/edit?usp=sharing I waited to give it to him. At one point he asked me, "Why don't you make money by doing videos like those people?" I'm like, ah, excellent opportunity, and I brandish my 5 page essay after saying "Let me explain why."

Well, he reads for twenty seconds and then stops and announces it's just an excuse for gaming. Wonderful.

I can see why he was turned off from the very beginning.

Your approach lacks consideration towards your father, your parents, and already states how they will respond to you right from the gecko. It even supports their reasoning, in reality why gaming [and even desk jobs with computers + chairs] can be a concern for your eyes [and health from being stationary too long if doing this 8 hours or longer].

You need to acknowledge and understand where they are coming from without disregarding their point of view. Yes you stated some points of view but could have been stated with empathy or a sense of respect and truly see why. "Place yourself in someone else's shoes" without negative assumptions so to say.

And build upon strong points of view for the pros about building a computer versus worried about what is wrong with gaming. And don't go into super details and get straight to the point of what your healthy intentions are. Find a compromise between your parents and yourself with game hours and what days they are suppose to be.

When I was a girl (ages 5~16) I loved video games too much that (arcades and consoles, laptop later on) that I had to keep my end of the deal for doing chores, homework, not play on the weekdays but was allowed to ask permission and most of the time was no but also had some yes. I earned money through chores ($1-$5) and our monthly allowance was $40 back in my days.

Truth be told mine was consoles and arcades since PCs was a very late scenario on my end. My laptop was a Windows XP with a touchpad and goodness there was no such thing as 1GB of storage nor a GB of RAM back in my days. No SSDs either and Hard Drives became better over the years. I used Photoshop, Dreamweaver, Powerpoint, Word and Excel on my old Windows XP laptop which I think was a Dell. Laptops were big and heavy too but I was happy with it. And I had 2 Rainbow Six games on it.

Back to the point, I think you can mention your intentional use for school without sounding too off putting. I know Desktop computers are really nice to come home too but might help to tell your other intentions of uses and not just gaming alone. I get it you want to do some videos too but that wasn't the major problem from the paper your wrote.

Your current laptop is still really good and shouldn't be accused of being trash. You can do plenty of the everyday uses between programming and video editing regardless how slow it might seem. May not be a gaming a computer but you will find enough games out there that will play in bare minimum resolution (720p) or lowest graphics regardless. I think in due time when you figure out a better way to approach it with some understanding and respect towards your parents without sounding lack of then they may reconsider it down the road.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Ive made this parts list, but user benchmark has said that the Ram isn't compatible with the MOBO?"

  • 5 days ago
  • 1 point

Oh the RAM's C14? That's CAS latency 14. ( 14-16-16-16-36 for a manual overclock of the RAM AKA non X.M.P) So... what's wrong with the latency from the RAM? To be honest with you, I truly don't see any major issues with your part list. Not even the RAM but only be aware of its heatsink height but its OK right now. Thank you for clarifying about the C14.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Ive made this parts list, but user benchmark has said that the Ram isn't compatible with the MOBO?"

  • 5 days ago
  • 1 point

I'm very-very sure. Sorry. I'm not sure where you got a C14 description. All I see is this:

Compatibility Notes

Note: Some physical dimension restrictions cannot (yet) be automatically checked, such as cpu cooler / RAM clearance with modules using tall heat spreaders.

This is what I saw from your list so far. Unless I am mistaken.

PCPartPicker Part List

Type Item Price
CPU AMD Ryzen 5 3600X 3.8 GHz 6-Core Processor $208.15 @ B&H
Motherboard *MSI MPG X570 GAMING PRO CARBON WIFI ATX AM4 Motherboard $229.99 @ Walmart
Memory Corsair Dominator Platinum SE 32 GB (2 x 16 GB) DDR4-3200 Memory $379.99 @ Corsair
Storage Samsung 970 Evo Plus 500 GB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive $115.80 @ Amazon
Video Card MSI Radeon RX 580 8 GB ARMOR OC Video Card $189.99 @ Newegg
Case Corsair SPEC-OMEGA RGB ATX Mid Tower Case $146.99 @ Newegg
Power Supply Corsair RM (2019) 750 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply $119.99 @ Amazon
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $1390.90
*Lowest price parts chosen from parametric criteria
Generated by PCPartPicker 2020-02-17 21:30 EST-0500

I should have mentioned. Userbenchmark can be an odd duck so if this is where you are getting an error from. I am guessing something else is up on their end. But more importantly, if your computer is running alright so far then I wouldn't worry about userbenchmark if this is the error you are seeing from. But not sure exactly where you are seeing C14 at the moment.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Ive made this parts list, but user benchmark has said that the Ram isn't compatible with the MOBO?"

  • 5 days ago
  • 1 point

I don't see anything major. It's giving an "unknown" warning about the CPU Cooler or the RAM height dimensions may be ify depending what your CPU cooler is. Assuming you are using the AMD Wraith Cooler, you will be fine. Just be aware about your RAM's heatsinks are taller then your usual low-height or none heatsink RAMs out there.

Again it's not something major to worry about it. Just be aware about it is all. So if you were upgrading a CPU Cooler down the road then double check to make sure you have room to install such a cooler before purchasing a "new CPU cooler". Not saying you are now or will, only if you were down the road. And if not then nothing to worry at this time. You are in the clear regardless about the warning about a CPU Cooler/RAM clearance might be an issue if it was certain.

I'm also assuming it wasn't quite sure what the height of the RAM heatsink was between the CPU cooler since none (CPU Cooler) was selected but the Wraith Cooler will be alright. I do suggest to keep the AMD logo Wraith Cooler the opposite direction of the DIMM slots. In other words, where RAM will be installed, keep that AMD logo from the Wraith Cooler away from the RAM. To be on the safe side of clearances for RAM installation.

Comment reply on Eltech's Completed Build: Transmogrify

  • 13 days ago
  • 1 point

Case: Ha! You will never cable manage in me!

Builder: whips out Dremel

Case: Oh ****...

You gave me a good laugh. Yes, good o' dremel tool. It's very handy when needed.

Intelligent modding. Could've used it building my machine.

You're too kind, but thank you. It was only a tiny-minor change to help route the 8-pin EPS cable without making it look too ugly. Just a small cut and some filing away to smooth it out. :)

Thankfully the basic dremel tools aren't too pricey to purchase plus it offers a set of blade wheels to get started. There's also a cordless version but I prefer the plug ins so I don't burn out a battery overtime. Dremel 100 only has one setting [35,000 RPM which only cuts] but the dremel 200 has a low and high setting [15,000 RPM for smoothing or cleaning & 35,000 RPM for cutting]. And especially don't forget a pair of googles and a mask so don't get little metals in the eyes between not breathing them in.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "New PC build blue screen error - I7 9700K, RTX 2080"

  • 17 days ago
  • 1 point

Hm... so either it's MSI's software called Dragon Centre that could be a part of the problem and might need to uninstall it. Sad if a single RGB third-party software was the culprit. [Knowing there was no other installed.]

Or the other possibility is might have to update your solid state's drive to its most recent firmware from its manufacturer page. First download "Western Digital SSD Dashboard" and install this software then open the dashboard you recently installed. Select the tab called Tools and from the center-left under Drive Management is called Firmware Update. See if there's a version to update and if so then click the button: Update SSD Firmware". It will warn about backing up your data first before doing so and will confirm it was sucessful and requires a power off/on to take full effect of the SSD's firmware update.

Hope you have it officially resolved!

Comment reply on Forum Topic "New PC build blue screen error - I7 9700K, RTX 2080"

  • 19 days ago
  • 1 point

I have already updated the BIOS and installed all the drivers, and updated all of them. But now that you mentioned the SSD's , the only component from the faulty PC that was in it the whole time, was the 500gb SSD. MOBO and CPU tested by Scan and they are fine, new cooler and new PSU, swapped RAM, GPU and the 1tb SSD with the other PC,

Gotcha. And that's good to know. I had a feeling your main components were OK but certainly doesn't hurt to check one component left as you stated.

so yeah, the only part that was not changed or swapped is that 500gb SSD. I don't know how I missed that, anyway, I have a plan now, I will just take both SSD's out of the faulty PC and put one from the good PC, reinstall windows, install all drivers and hopefully, It will work. I will let you know what happened. Thank you.

It's OK. Sounds like you already double checked the majority of your hardware and it can be easy to forget one more thing. I had my share of those moments too.

More importantly, I hope you get it resolved because it's no fun dealing with blue screens at random or just trying to get your computer to work beyond 2 minutes. You have a good plan. Best to just have one SSD only and resinstall Windows and you know the rest but I hope it will no longer be a headache soon. And no worries and thanks for your report on what you have done so far. Really-really hope it gets resolved for you!

And if not, I'm sure we'll figure it out regardless because that's what this PCPP community is here for. We will help each other out until it's officially solved or figure out another plan.

Comment reply on MAGICMAN105's Completed Build: Ryzen Super Budget Build

  • 19 days ago
  • 1 point

Budget can be any ratio amount to be spent for a goal/project while remaining within budget, not over it, or better if able to spend less and get the same or better end result. However it's very noticeable about OP's budget was to keep it low as possible from a lot of used parts (guessing local between used parts online and repurpose a hard drive or maybe it was given with an included part locally) while capable enough to do 1080p PC gaming.

Storage amount is a bit too low for my comfort but it can get anyone to play at least 3~5 games depending upon the required amount to install and save the game (mix of new/old games). Can get into Fortnite, Overwatch, Path of Exile or whatever else comes to mind that isn't 100GB and above of storage requirements. Unless have some old school PC games that barely scratch the storage requirements too.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "New PC build blue screen error - I7 9700K, RTX 2080"

  • 19 days ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the errors because it helps a lot.

So MACHINE_CHECK_EXCEPTION can be a hardware problem or a corrupted driver.

Can be a compatibility issue or a driver issue with the RAM, Solid State Drive or Hard Drive, even the dedicated graphics card or LAN (Ethernet). So updating the latest drivers to Windows/GPU etc. is one method or downloading the most recent and appropriate BIOS update for the motherboard is another possibility. Worse case senerio is a bad SSD/HDD/RAM/GPU too.

  • May need to download BIOS version 7B50v17 into a flash drive and reboot the computer and press DELETE to get into the BIOS Setup Menu and update the BIOS by M-FLASH. Release data 2019-12-31 MPG Z390M Gaming Edge AC Support.

And WHEA_UNCORRECTABLE_ERROR can be a problem with the driver, hardware or the Operating System.

Already know you stated the overclocks is not enabled at the moment but is one part of a cause and maybe sounds like Turbo is off too but that case cause an issue too. Other possibility is the Solid State Drive (or Hard Drive) that holds the OS stops working and has a driver/compatibility issue/or is becoming faulty which may need to disable fast startup within Windows too. Can also be a Windows update is an issue too and may need to uninstall the update and test to see if it occurs again or not [and if no blue screen occurs then block that specific update]. Also might be an audio device issue too.

I also have 2 PC's and I swapped the RAM in between them but I was still getting the same errors on the first PC, but no errors on the second one, so RAM was not the problem

Only confirms the RAM isn't a dud but not out of the woods either for compatibility issues and might need a BIOS update for the MSI MPG Z390M GAMING EDGE AC motherboard. Compatibility issues is one of the common problems with the most recent hardware.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "New PC build blue screen error - I7 9700K, RTX 2080"

  • 19 days ago
  • 1 point

What is this blue screen error? Helps to see what error or errors you are receiving specifically otherwise it's hard to say.

Obviously the part replacements weren't the main culprits if you continue to receive blue screens. Taking a photo of the error right away with your phone or camera will help pin point for what might be the problem.

For all I know it could a faulty driver with the SSD or GPU or if have two RGB software installed or some other component (or voltages/settings) to trigger a blue screen. Could also be a compatibility issue with a component like the RAM or the SSD and requires the most recent BIOS update for some reason. Could be a missing file from the Windows installation process or a corrupted file in Windows. There can be many reasons why but it's hard to advise a concrete suggestion without seeing the error or errors you are getting when you use your computer.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Main Fan on Thermaltake Core V1 connection"

  • 28 days ago
  • 2 points

Here is something you can consider for with your case. Should be cable management friendly, supports up to 4 case fans of 3-pin & 4-pins and this directly connects to the motherboard so you can adjust their RPMs as needed through the BIOS or a software that works with case fans or the fans in general.

There's many other options out there but this is one possible option that may work best for what you are requesting. This hub works on a system fan (chassis fan) 4-pins from the motherboard to control case fans. It will only identify one case fan when using this and all those case fans should be the same RPM. Also keep in mind this particular fan hub doesn't require a Molex nor a PSU SATA to run power thus only requires to be connected by a motherboard's 4-pin case fan connector and then connect whatever set of 4 total case fans you want to be setup together.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Trouble with Windows install on new PC build"

  • 28 days ago
  • 1 point

Glad you got it working. And no problem. Enjoy your computer!

Comment reply on Forum Topic "RAM not running above 2133hz on Asus Prime Z370-A-II"

  • 29 days ago
  • 2 points

Within the BIOS, you may need to do a manual overclock with your RAM or make sure the voltage IS at 1.35v. Most common, I don't know how a 1.2v overclock RAM @ 3000MHz and above will work because this just leads to fail boots or stuck with loop reboots. 1.2v is preferable for the most recent 2400MHz and some 2666MHz but from both these speeds all RAM are not the same since some can require 1.35v as strange as this sounds. Do double check the required DRAM Timings and the Voltage requirement for a RAM to overclock if you need to try a manual method versus X.M.P.

  • For your RAM it says 16-18-18-36 for 3200MHz @ 1.35v. So if you have to do a manual method [I think OC Tweaker > DRAM Timing Configuration] then make sure (tCL) is 16, (tRCDRD) is 18, (tRCDWR) is 18, (tRP) is 18, (tRAS) is 36. I caught a typo here sorry!

Here is your RAM's tech page: SKU CMK16GX4M2B3200C16 VENGEANCE® LPX 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4 DRAM 3200MHz C16 Memory Kit - Black

It says 1.2v is good for 2133MHz but what this implies here is this is only OK for 2133MHz. Anything 2400MHz and above may require 1.35v for this particular RAM.

And another moment to think about is you may have two X.M.P. profiles. The first profile is only meant for 2133MHz while the second profile overclocks the RAM to 3200MHz and changes the voltage to 1.35v. Unfortunately this doesn't always work for some of us so a manual method is the next step.

And if that doesn't work then download the most recent BIOS that is compatibility to your hardware, such as BIOS version 1202. Try again with the X.M.P or a manual overclock with the RAM. There can be performance issues with the most recent motherboards hence why the BIOS update can help if any released which usually there is.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Trouble with Windows install on new PC build"

  • 29 days ago
  • 3 points

I just finished my PC build. When I installed Windows 10, I accidentally installed it on my HDD instead of My 1T Samsung 970 Evo Plus that I was intending to. I decided to unplug my HDD and do a fresh install on the SSD. Everything seemed to be going fine with the install until windows had to reboot to continue the installation. I never got past that point. When I try to do the install again it wont let me choose the drive. it has 2 partitions on it and wont let me select them. I tried the format option to format the drive and that wont work either.

Since you want to clean install... using your Windows 10 installer USB flash drive, go back to the process where it says "Which type of installation do you want?" and select Custom: Install Windows only (advanced). You should see your SSD and HDD (you will want to remove the mistake installation on the HDD too). Don't use format, but instead Delete all the partitions, literally all of them. You should eventually see Drive 0 and Drive 1 Unallocated Space.

If your uncertain which one is the SSD and HDD then close out of the Windows 10 installer USB flash drive and turn off the computer. May need to hold the power button until it turns off completely then also turn off the PSU or disconnect it from the outlet as well [wait a minute or two].

Uninstall the case's side panel or both left and right if necessary. Either disconnect the SATA cable from the Hard Drive or from the motherboard's SATA port. Leave the panel(s) off for now but turn the power switch back ON with the PSU or reconnect it to the outlet.

I am a little confused which SSD you wanted for as the primary OS holder, but this is your decision unless one isn't detected then you may need double check one is properly installed. Safely double check the other SSD if this a problem later on. I checked your MOBO's manual and it doesn't seem to mention of any conflicts between SATA ports and the M.2 keys.

Go ahead and reattempt the Windows 10 installation and should just see the SSD, "Drive 0 Unallocated Space" and should have a clean install of Windows 10. Once you have setup the Admin user account and are literally into Windows then shutdown the computer and turn off the PSU again or disconnect it from the outlet. After a minute or so reconnect the SATA cable for the HDD to be detected through the motherboard and resinstall your panel(s).

Should be able to have the OS on your preferred SSD and you will need to partition your HDD and other SSD through Windows 10 and use Disk Management (right click on the Windows logo [START] > left click Disk Management > select and right click on the unallocated disk > New Simple Volume > click Next a couple of times > Assign Drive Letter > Next > leave as default with Format > leave as NTFS and allocation unit size as default > rename the Volume Label > Finish.

Should see your hard drive and other solid state drive once they both been partition thus allows them to be used for whatever you want installed or save/store data into.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "IO shield tabs"

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

[Late response for your post being a couple/few days ago]

Well unless you are not using the Ethernet port I wouldn't worry about it.

Of course it's better to resolve if do intend to use it or are currently using it. Normally it's easier to fix this with the case laying on its side (if it's the case is a full tower, mid tower or mini mid tower) and counterclockwise the MOBO's screws, don't need to undo the wires just move it enough for the I/O shield to be removed and reinstall. Assuming the PSU's cable from the outlet is disconnected, then fix the I/O shield's tabs to a different angle that won't interfere any port or can remove them by moving it up and down until it comes off.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "GTX 970 strix black screen no signal after gaming for a while"

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Have you try to reinstall the GPU? Or maybe reset the CMOS? Tried a different video cable (HDMI or Displayport) connected to the GTX 970 between the monitor or using a TV?

Comment reply on Forum Topic "PC wont restart or shutdown, also audio drivers dont work"

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Have you tried a reset with the CMOS?

Or a different (old or new) video cable? HDMI or Displayport? I am assuming this was connected directly to the GTX 1070.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "AMD 3700x CPU cooler RGB trouble"

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

That's great news. Sorry I couldn't remember what it was. I only touched ASUS's RGB twice barely and one friend wanted all their LEDS turned off (2017) [I think the RGB software was removed later on because he was able to turn it off through the MOBO] while my uncle liked the rainbow (2019). It's no wonder why I had no memory with the RGB software.

So glad you figured it out and thanks for sharing this info. I will keep this in mind.

Otherwise enjoy your build!

Comment reply on Forum Topic "AMD 3700x CPU cooler RGB trouble"

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Sorry for a late reply on my end. I'm taking a guess here so I wish I had a concrete answer but it's possible that the RGB may not be "static" with this particular motherboard unless you can do this in the BIOS too and not only the RGB software. Sorry I am not much help here. I seem to recall RGB can vary per part and how each motherboard handles it.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "AMD 3700x CPU cooler RGB trouble"

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Now on to my next problem (which will be on a separate post,) how the hell do I control the RGB of my mobo?????

I think you want to download ASUS AURA sync which is their version of RGB software. Either use your provided CD that came with your motherboard or you can manually download it from their webpage: Aura Sync Utility Download

Comment reply on beckerse24's Completed Build: White Raider

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Right, just slightly. It can be a combination of both by how its installed between some weight. And sometimes it can be the case between the motherboard's alignment. But yea, up to you how you want to resolve some of the sag. Should be OK for now for a couple of weeks. Not like its going to rip off the PCIE. Just something to fix later on.

Comment reply on PCPartPicker Blog Post "charity: water Completion Report #12"

  • 1 month ago
  • 5 points

I'm certain the people who needed clean water are truly grateful and happy. Thank you for those who made those water project happen and built it. Worth the effort to help those in need of clean water. Great work everyone!

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Merry Christmas PCPP Community!"

  • 1 month ago
  • 3 points

Merry Christmas everyone! :)

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Can someone list of all things they should or MUST do after assembly their first pc/gaming pC?"

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

No worries. When you are ready and have everything you need, enjoy the building process!

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Can someone list of all things they should or MUST do after assembly their first pc/gaming pC?"

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

Up to you.

You can watch videos if you need to get an idea of how it works. (I did not do this with my first time, I kid not. I wish I did but I did OK for a nervous first timer @ 2014 but wish I did better on a couple of things like the GPU selection and cable management). Here's someone like JayzTwoCents, Paul's hardware, Bitwit and of course there's a bunch more but just thinking of what I can recall at the moment.

I also have some step by step videos from my channel: Eltech. Just some straight forward steps of how to put a build together.

You will also read the manuals to get a better understanding when beginning to build. Specifically manuals from the case and the motherboard when you have them offically.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Can someone list of all things they should or MUST do after assembly their first pc/gaming pC?"

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

Sorry being late on my end. Been busy here. And your case fans should be alright. I don't see a problem. Happy building!

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Help switching graphics display"

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Well, first is making sure the integrated graphics is still set ON when in the BIOS. Best to double check there if its disabled or remains ON when a dedicated graphics card is installed.

If made sure the integrated graphics is still on then connect your video cable (VGA, HDMI or Displayport) directly from your motherboard's video port between your monitor. Unless its a TV than connect the HDMI from the motherboard between the TV.

Hope you get this resolved.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "how to review a part?"

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Unless you post a completed build, there's no other way to review individual parts with your two cents. Need to post a completed build to post a review for individual parts. Even for "custom" none searchable parts.

Comment reply on beckerse24's Completed Build: White Raider

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Does it seem your GPU needs support to be lifted up some? I would recommend a GPU brace on Amazon if so.

Otherwise thanks for sharing and enjoy your build for many years.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Can someone list of all things they should or MUST do after assembly their first pc/gaming pC?"

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Made a small revision. I replaced the hdd with Samsung EVO plus. Does they change anything in terms of extra software, gimmicks, or features?

Just means more speedy responses and less time to wait when doing something on the computer when using SSDs for everything you do. (internet connection is a seprate situation).

Just same software is usable provided by Samsung. Firmware will be unique for each SSD if its only a necessary update for compatibility.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Can someone list of all things they should or MUST do after assembly their first pc/gaming pC?"

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Whoa there are softwares for my storage. What else are there? For other pc parts on the list.

Yes, Samsung Magician Software is helpful for trimming their SSDs and can setup a specific performance for each SSD. And much more like checking its condtion by how much life span it has left, deleting an entire SSD (be careful there) between checking firmware for its own software and will suggest to update it or not.

They also have Samsung Migration software (copies a primary storage that has the OS along with excactly every else in it. It's really "cloning" from a previous SSD to a new SSD which is helpful when upgrading your primary storage that holds the OS. Makes sense for a much later scenario.

And also Firmware for their NVME M.2 SSDs like your SSD.

However only update the firmware if your SSD runs into blue screens called something like watchdog error which can mean an issue occured with the SSD and may need a firmware update for that specific SSD. If no issues occur overtime when booting up the PC between loading Windows and login to your user account and runs smoothly then all is well.

There might be software available for your GPU as well. Either its provided with a disc or check its manufacturer's webpage if there's a helpful utility software.

So install either one or The other rgb softwares or Asus aura sync. Should download the asus aura sync, correct?

Correct, only the ASUS Aura Sync RGB software.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Can someone list of all things they should or MUST do after assembly their first pc/gaming pC?"

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you for the part list.

When you have your operating system installed and updated.

Just a fair warning. Don't install G. Skill's RGB software, and only your ASUS Aura Sync (RGB software). G. Skill's may have conflict between two different RGB softwares so best to use only your ASUS Aura Sync.

You may also want to install the Samsung Magician Software too for your Samsung 970 EVO.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Can someone list of all things they should or MUST do after assembly their first pc/gaming pC?"

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

No worries. Wish I could be more help with better specifics but just thinking on what I can recall for now. I'm sure I forgot something but everyone's build is different base upon the components.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Can someone list of all things they should or MUST do after assembly their first pc/gaming pC?"

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

Can someone list of all things they should or MUST do after assembly their first pc/gaming pC?

BIOS

  • This varies upon per motherboard if its required for compatibility but update to the most recent BIOS. This comes from your motherboard's manufacturer webpage download section.

  • Adjust RPM speeds for the case fans and CPU cooler.

  • Optional: Set up the temperature warning for when the CPU hits a certain temp, like if set at 90 celcius than will set off the temp alert.

  • Overclock the RAM within the BIOS. Or do this later when the OS is installed first.

  • Confirm within the BIOS that your case is "closed" and not open. Not a major requirement and depends per motherboard.

Operating System

  • Install the operating system to your primary SSD or HDD: Windows 10. Or Linux or install both.

  • Allow Windows or Linux to be updated. This can take a while.

Setup addtional storage if have any

  • If have an additional hard drive or soild state drive then remember to partition the unallocated drive.

Drivers

  • I recommend to go to your manufacturer's motherboard webpage to download the necessary drivers like your wireless (WLAN) if have a WiFi already provided with the motherboard. And Ethernet (LAN) and Audio (Realtek Audio) at least. Or use the provided DVD disc if have an optical drive. You can read more about what each driver does from your motherboard's webpage and research.

GPU

  • Intsall the graphics driver from its manufacturer's webpage. NVIDIA or Radeon. Windows may or may not automatically install the base drivers.

Antivirus / Anti-Malware

  • Install an antivirus/anti-malware of your choice. Forgot to mention, Windows already provides Windows Defender. For Linux there's Sophos, ClamAV with ClamTK (GUI).

Software / Applications

  • Install the applications you personally use often like Microsoft Office or Office Libre, Steam, Uplay, Origins, Battle dot net, VLC Media Player, Photoshop, Gimp, Sony Vegas Pro, Chrome, Firefox, etc.

Other Notes

  • You can readjust the RPM case fans/CPU cooler if necessary. Same for overclocking the RAM but depending upon the CPU of choice then could try overclocking the CPU but research first if don't know how to do this. However don't need to overclock the CPU right away or never if no desire.

Comment reply on Forum Topic ".....someone told me me that the 'b450 tomahawk' is a regular size and not a small size, i dont how it could've been possible for this site to recommend this 'b450 tomahawk' when it doesnt even fit the requirements that were listed:"

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

The way how you addressed this is lack of empathy and given assumptions that you know better than others with much frustration and confusion on your end that you had to lash it out to towards this community.

You have to understand that this is a large wide of people on this site who may have much experience or moderate between very little experience of the PC relm with a burning passion to learn more.

Most of us who have work, families to care of, college / school and supporting their community too.

Instead of stating comments like yours, try to research and learn more. Don't be so over critical to this community when none of get paid and choose to use some of our free time help. Majority is well intended even if it was misleading, ignorant or misunderstood. We are here to learn and help each other, all experience and new.

Go take a deep breath and get some fresh air when frustrated. Sometimes one needs a break from something that one does not understand or been too focus on something for far too long that for some reason its caused much grief.

And please try to be more respectful to this community. No one is perfect but we do our best when well intended.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "What does this mean?"

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

In general terms, when a motherboard's LED is remaining ON than there is an issue with the CPU. If it blinks or stays on briefly then it's not an issue and was able identify the CPU. Assuming this is about POST LEDs on a motherboard.

I don't know your part list but if you have AMD then safely check for bent pins from the CPU. If there are any bent pins then fix it carefully with a pair of tweezers or with your pinky finger if really gentle.

Vice vera for Intel's pin this is on the motherboard's socket and they lean in a certain angle. If one or many pins are sticking out of place then has to be carefully fixed.

Could also be an undetected CPU because it's incompatible with the motherboard's BIOS or worse wrong socket/wrong MOBO model that is supported for that particular CPU. The other scenario is a worn out CPU because it was overheated but highly unlikely. Another is not properly installed the correct way if building a new computer.

Helps to have a part list but that's a quick gist of it.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "PC stopped working after a little less than 2 years"

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

I seen this occurance once in my life basing what I saw from your video but I think it may be the PSU. Low quality or heavily used PSUs are prone to expire/dud/dies off overtime or sometimes takes components with it if popped literally but not saying yours did because watching that video of yours had me lean to think the PSU is the issue.

If your budget is tight then purchase EVGA's GD 600w or if not tight then at least their 550w or 650w G2/G3/G1+ . Corsair's TXM or RMx would work too between Seasonic's FOCUS or FOCUS Plus. Do double check the PSU to be certain it supports your GTX 1080's PCIE cable connectors.

I mean I could be wrong too and possibly be the CPU/CPU cooler or was the GPU or the RAM/DIMM slot or even the primary storage that holds the OS, but I am leaning towards the PSU from what I saw on your video.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "This is why i ditch RGB , seriously its too expensive"

  • 2 months ago
  • 4 points

My plan: PCPartPicker Part List

RGB Crap: PCPartPicker Part List

$600 for RGB?

You intentionally selected memory that wasn't a necessary speed to make RGB seem super costly? manirelli is right. You also selected 5 RGB case fans and a very different case that cost more.

There are ways to get some RGB without going crazy amounts of it too. It's not a must have and just a preference for everyone but don't try to portray the price ratio being outrageously expensive. (Your PSU could be a bit better but I get it for those on a tight budget...)

PCPartPicker Part List

Type Item Price
CPU AMD Ryzen 7 3700X 3.6 GHz 8-Core Processor $309.99 @ B&H
Motherboard MSI MPG X570 GAMING EDGE WIFI ATX AM4 Motherboard $193.99 @ SuperBiiz
Memory OLOy WarHawk RGB 32 GB (2 x 16 GB) DDR4-3200 Memory $119.99 @ Newegg
Storage Sabrent Rocket 4.0 1 TB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive $169.98 @ Amazon
Storage Seagate 4 TB 3.5" 5900RPM Internal Hard Drive $68.98 @ Amazon
Video Card Sapphire Radeon RX 5700 XT 8 GB NITRO+ Video Card $449.99 @ Newegg
Case Cougar MX330-G ATX Mid Tower Case $41.99 @ Newegg
Power Supply EVGA GD (2019) 600 W 80+ Gold Certified ATX Power Supply $64.98 @ Amazon
Custom Extended Computer Magnetic LED Strip - 2PCS RGB LED Strip Light for ASUS AURA SYNC / MSI Mystic Sync / ASROCK AURA RGB / GIGABYTE RGB Fusion via 5V Addressable RGB header on M/B $19.89 @ Amazon
Custom anidees AI Aureola V2 120mm 3pcs RGB PWM Fan Compatible with ASUS Aura SYNC/MSI Mystic/GIGABYTE Fusion MB with 5V 3pins RGB Header, for case Fan, Cooler Fan, with Remote(AI-Aureola-V2) $39.90 @ Amazon
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $1479.68
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-12-18 03:24 EST-0500

I mean its your part list but your point of expense towards RGB is not a concrete comparison.

Comment reply on ivanrcks95's Completed Build: Nyekundu - The ultimate budget 1080p rig.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes. lol My apologizes on the mystery and confusion.

Comment reply on ivanrcks95's Completed Build: Nyekundu - The ultimate budget 1080p rig.

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

I have the same one but I should have said "Pro" so my bad. I am blind as a bat though from the package. Just opened it now and see what you are saying. Does come with a thin heatsink and for some reason I thought it was sticker so jokes on me. Helps to check twice on my end. Thanks for the clarification now. Then I am guessing the other must be a slight beefier heatsink when I stare at the two now. Funny how some stock photos can be misleading with a product and only one of them seems legit.

Comment reply on ivanrcks95's Completed Build: Nyekundu - The ultimate budget 1080p rig.

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

XPG SX6000 not 600, maybe thats why the confusion?

Edit: No. Typo on my end. Still when I looked at your M.2 that looks like something else. Did they supply you a sticker or is that an M.2 heatsink? I purchased their XPG SX6000 too but I don't recall such a thing that you have on it. The SX6000 looks like your typical sticker with information on it versus yours looks like a heatsink from XPG GAMMIX S5 unless you are saying its a sticker on the M.2 SSD?

Yeah crysis 3 is still demanding to this day. I ran a few more tests, on Jedi Fallen Order at 1080p with maxed out settings im averaging 80-90fps, with the lowest i saw at 68ish, temps staying nice and cool too at 54c for the cpu and 76c for the gpu.

Yes of course. Not meant it isn't because there has been a lot of hardware of the past that had a difficult time with it. And I'm assuming it truly remains demanding in the present so yes I agree with you. Also nice about Jedi Fallen Order, it's a fun game. Good temps and FPS ratio you got there.

Comment reply on ivanrcks95's Completed Build: Nyekundu - The ultimate budget 1080p rig.

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

Memory - XPG SX6000 Pro 512gb...

Edited: Hm... I think you have the ADATA XPG GAMMIX S5 and not their XPG SX6000 because the SX6000 doesn't come with an M.2 heatsink versus the GAMMIX S5 comes with an M.2 heatsink. Unless I am mistaken then nevermind but I remember purchasing some SX6000 M.2 SSDs in the past.

Otherwise nice work with your build. It's cool to see Crysis 3 looking swell in 1080p. I notice that game was pretty demanding for a very long time; makes me realize I should test that game with the latest GPUs too.

Comment reply on TumTum202's Completed Build: Workstation/Gaming Setup

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

To each their own. I sitll think OP selected a good processor. Difference between that i9-9900K vs the Ryzen 9 3900x is pretty well known (8 cores & 16 threads vs 12 cores and 24 threads ) but the difference is the Ryzen 9 3900x cannot achieve 5GHz so easily since 4.6GHz seems to be its limit versus the intel's i9-9900K can hit 5GHz and sometimes higher if got a good bin.

Of course both can get pretty hot I think, especially if not careful with the core's voltage so really need good cooling. They may be roughly 15%~20% difference as workstations (AMD is top with this spectrum) but Intel is still a bit better with the gaming spectrum and the everyday uses.

When I look at this current build base upon their CPU & GPU, I see gaming first then workstation for animation which there's nothing wrong here. Nothing wrong either if it were Ryzen 9 3900x instead, then it would have been animation first then gaming next. Personally neither option is wrong. Plus OP already built it and seems happy with their computer. Though a focus only workstation PC wouldn't need an expensive GPU either and could get away with a mid-range GPU or below.

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